Member Faculty

Daniel T. Schwartz

Director, Clean Energy Institute
Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Performance of complex electrodes used in energy storage and conversion

David S. Ginger

Chief Scientist, Clean Energy Institute
Alvin L. and Verla R. Kwiram Endowed Professor of Chemistry
Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Scholar

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CEI-related research interests: Physical chemistry of conjugated polymers and nanostructured materials with applications in optoelectronics – especially thin film solar cells – and sensing

J. Devin MacKenzie

Technical Director, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
Washington Research Foundation Associate Professor of Clean Energy, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: electronic materials, including organic semiconductors, nanomaterials, photovoltaics, thin film batteries and printed and flexible electronics.

Stuart Adler

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Electrochemical engineering, advanced measurement and modeling of solid state electrochemical systems; kinetic, transport, and thermodynamic properties of solids

Guozhong Cao

Boeing-Steiner Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: dye-sensitized and organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells; carbon cryogel supercapacitors; nanostructured electrodes for Li ion batteries; nanocomposites for hydrogen storage; efficient energy conversion (fuel cells)

Jiun-Haw Chu

Assistant Professor, Physics

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CEI related research interests: Design, growth and characterization of novel quantum materials for energy application, such as high temperature superconductors and topological insulators. 

Jiun-Haw Chu Joined the Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor in March 2016. His research is focused on synthesis and characterization of materials with unconventional electronic and magnetic ground states, such high temperature superconductors and topological insulators. The ultimate goal is to understand and control these emergent quantum behaviors and apply them to energy and information technology. “

Corie Cobb

WRF Innovation Professor in Clean Energy, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Advanced manufacturing, batteries and energy storage, mechanics of materials, computational design synthesis, stochastic optimization

Brandi Cossairt

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: Developing new materials for energy-efficient LED technology, solar energy harvesting, and fuels generation

Scott Dunham

Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: organic photovoltaics and plasmonic-enhanced carrier generation; fundamental modeling and simulation of silicon and chalcogenide solar cells

Daniel R. Gamelin

Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: Development and physical characterization of new functional inorganic materials with unusual electronic structures that give rise to desirable photophysical, photochemical, chemical, electronic, magnetic, or magneto-optical properties

Hugh W. Hillhouse

Rehnberg Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Nanomaterials and solar energy conversion; novel device architectures and solution-processed solar cells from Earth-abundant resources

Vincent Holmberg

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering (Starting January 2015)

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CEI-related research interests: Nanocrystals and nanowires synthesized by scalable solution-based and supercritical fluid-based processes for energy conversion and energy storage applications

Samson A. Jenekhe

Boeing-Martin Professor of Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: conjugated polymer semiconductors: synthesis, properties, self-assembly, and applications in optoeletronics and solar energy conversion technologies.

Daniel Kirschen

Close Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Achieving optimal balance between providing a reliable grid service, minimizing the cost of providing energy, and reducing the environmental impact of the electrical system while facilitating the use of renewable energy sources.

Jiangyu Li

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Hierarchical nanostructured materials with designed size, morphology and distribution of microstructural features for high efficiency energy harvesting and storage

Xiaosong Li

Associate Professor, Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: Developing and applying electronic structure theories and ab initio molecular dynamics for studying properties and reactions

Christine Luscombe

Robert J. Campbell Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Small molecule to polymer synthesis; design, synthesis, and applications of functional macromolecules

Miguel Ortega-Vazquez

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Economically efficient, secure and environmentally friendly operation of power systems

Jim Pfaendtner

PI and Director of DIRECT
Jagjeet and Janice Bindra Endowed Career Development Professor
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Renewable energy, modeling of organic photovoltaics and complex ionic solutions, multiscale modeling

Shwetak N. Patel

Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

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CEI-related research interests: Developing new methods for monitoring and managing energy and water usage in the home through the development of new sensors and machine learning algorithms.

Lilo D. Pozzo

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Structured polymeric materials for batteries, fuel cells and solar cells. Self-assembly of plasmonic nanostructures. Neutron and x-ray scattering development of structure-function relationships in advanced energy materials.

John J. Rehr

Professor, Physics

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CEI-related research interests: First principles calculations of electronic structure, excited states, optical response and x-ray probes of systems relevant to energy research

Cody Schlenker

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Clean Energy

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CEI-related research interests: Integration of synthetic chemistry and physical chemistry to explore fundamental principles and dynamic interfacial processes, to develop advanced materials design concepts for low-cost, high-efficiency energy conversion and storage devices

Gerald T. Seidler

Professor, Physics

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CEI-related research interests: Using synchrotron x-ray light sources to study problems in basic, applied, and environmental energy science.

Eric Stuve

Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Li-ion and Li-oxygen batteries, solid oxide fuel cells

Venkat Subramanian

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor of Chemical Engineering and Clean Energy

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CEI-related research interests: Models and software for next generation batteries

Xiaodong Xu

Assistant Professor, Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Optical, electronic, and quantum properties of novel solid state nanostructures

Jihui Yang

Kyocera Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

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CEI research interests: Materials for energy storage and conversion

Baosen Zhang

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Efficient power grid systems

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.